How to check if an iPhone is jailbroken or not

The jailbreak community was once very active. It hasn’t died out but it’s a fact that fewer iPhone users now jailbreak their devices. This has to do with the iPhone getting quite a few essential features that it lacked in its early days. Apple also tends to add features to iOS that are popular in the jailbreak community thus negating the need to jailbreak. That said, if you have an iPhone on hand and need to know if it is jailbroken or not, there is a simple way to check.

iPhone – Jailbroken or not

There are two ways to check if an iPhone is jailbroken or not and you should try both of them. The first is to check for the Cydia app on the iPhone in question. You can use Spotlight to search for it and if it comes up, the iPhone is jailbroken.

Cydia used to be essential on jailbroken iPhones many years ago but, it’s 2019 and there are ways to do without it and even to hide it. In that case, you need to download an app called CopyTrans Contacts. This is a paid app that can manage contacts on an iPhone but you don’t actually need to buy it if all you’re interested in is checking the jailbreak status of an iPhone.

Download, install, and run CopyTrans Contacts. Connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac that you’ve installed the app on. Select the iPhone icon from the toolbar on the left.

You will see a long list of information about the device you’ve connected. The last entry in the General section is ‘Jailbreak’. If it says ‘No’, that means the iPhone is not jailbroken. If it says ‘Yes’, it means the iPhone is jailbroken.

This works for iPads as well as iPhones.

One other, simple way to check if an iPhone is jailbroken or not is to see if it’s been modified. The whole point of jailbreaking an iPhone is to add features to it that aren’t available out of the box. They may not be obvious but a cursory look through the device can give you a clue.

Is Jailbreaking illegal?

Jailbreaking isn’t illegal however, tweaks or modifications made afterwards aren’t exactly built with a device’s performance in mind. If your iPhone is particularly old, a tweak may impact how well it runs. You might find the phone runs hotter, its battery doesn’t run as long as it should, and things crash. It’s fairly easy to undo but if a tweak ends up damaging your phone, it may not be covered by Apple’s warranty.

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How to use Skype screen share on iOS and Android

Screen sharing has long been a feature on Skype’s desktop apps and it is one of the more popular features of the app. Skype is used extensively in work environments and this feature is a handy one in that setting. As of a recent update, you can finally share your phone’s screen over Skype. The Skype apps for both iOS and Android now support screen sharing.

Skype screen share on iOS and Android

Make sure the Skype app on your phone is up to date. Check the respective app stores on your device for available updates and install any update that’s available.

The feature is available whether you’re in a video call or an audio call however, during tests, it was a bit buggy. For best results, we recommend initiating an audio only call and then using screen sharing.

Initiate an audio call and tap the more options button at the bottom right. In the menu that opens, select the Share Screen option.

You will see a pop up appear on your screen which will list the various apps on your phone that can broadcast your screen. Skype should be listed there. Select it, and tap the ‘Start Broadcast’ option, and return to the call. Wait for the ‘Sharing screen’ banner to appear at the top before you switch to other apps.

Once your screen is being shared, you can navigate your phone and whatever is on your screen will be shared over the call. It is important to note that the ‘Sharing screen’ banner must appear before you assume that your screen is being shared. It might be recorded but that banner is what indicates that sharing is active.

Your call recipient will be able to see your screen whether they’re on their desktop or on a mobile device themselves.

Ending a call will stop the screen from being shared but on iOS, your screen will continue to record until you stop it. To do so, tap the red bar at the top and select the stop recording or stop broadcasting option.

Screen sharing quality

In order to try this feature, we had to make a total of five calls. The first two were video calls and the screen sharing failed to start. The other three were all audio calls and screen sharing finally worked in the last one. The point is, it may take a few attempts to get the feature to work. As long as the screen sharing option is there in the app, you will be able to use it.

Skype has recently began to add more productivity oriented features such as background blurring, subtitles, and a code editor.

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How to play Snapchat Games

Snapchat has become more interactive over time. Given the nature of the app, it needs to constantly add new, relevant features to keep its users engaged. It often releases lenses themed around popular movie releases or trending TV shows. It also has lens challenges and  games that you can play with two or more people. Here’s how you can play Snapchat games.

Play Snapchat Games

Snapchat games can be accessed from the lenses drawer. They tend to keep changing so a game that’s here today will be gone tomorrow. The point of the app has always been to engage with the content while it’s available. The game you see featured in the screenshot below may no longer be available when you go to try it but you will likely have other games to play.

Open Snapchat and tap on an empty area on the camera view finder, or tap the smiley icon next to the camera shutter button. The games are on the left so swipe left to right to browse them. A game’s lens will have ‘vs’ on its thumbnail. Select a game and tap the Start button to start playing.

Depending on the type of game it is, you might play one round and then challenge a friend tto play, or you might complete the game on your side first and your friend will have to beat your score.

The games offer instructions on how to play them though they’re hardly difficult to figure out. Once you’ve played a round, or completed the game, your score will be shown. You can then snap a photo and send it to the friend you want to challenge.

When your friend receives the snap, they will be able to play the exact same game. Again, depending on the nature of the game, if there’s another round to play, your friend will snap their score and send it to you so that you can continue. If the game is one round for each player, you will see your friend’s final score.

You can challenge several friends to the same game at once. A single snap can be sent to multiple friends and they can all play the game with you. Alternatively, you can create a fresh snap and start a new Snapchat game for each friend that you want to play with.

The games, in addition to being interactive, also include filters etc., that are added to your snap.

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How to create app-specific passwords for an Apple ID

An Apple ID isn’t just for downloading apps. A lot of features on both iOS and macOS are tied to an Apple ID e.g., iCloud, Calendar, Messages, etc. Some of these features are closed off so that you can only use them from an Apple device but others can, and do work with third-party apps e.g. Calendar or iCal. You can add your iCal events/appointments etc to any other app such as Outlook but in order to do that, you will have to sign in with your Apple ID in Outlook.

This is simple enough to do but if you don’t trust other apps with your Apple ID, or you’re worried the app might store the password, you can use app-specific passwords instead.

Create app-specific passwords

In order to create an app specific password, you need to first make sure you have two factor authentication enabled for your Apple ID. Without it, you will not be able to create app-specific passwords.

Once you’ve enabled two factor authentication for your Apple ID, visit this page. Sign in with your Apple ID and then scroll down to the Security section. Click ‘Generate Password’ under ‘App-Specific Passwords’.

A pop up will open asking to first enter a label for the password that you’re generating. It’s best to enter the name of the app, or service, that you intend to use the password for. It will allow you to revoke them more easily in the future if you need to.

After you give it a label, a password will be generated. Use the password to sign into whichever app is asking to sign in with your Apple ID.

Revoke password

If you ever need to revoke an app or service’s access to your Apple ID, you should first sign out of it. After that, you should revoke the password that was generated. To do this, visit the same page as before. Scroll down to the Security section and click the Edit button at the top right of it.

Next to App-specific passwords, you will see an option to View History. Click it. A pop-up will open listing all the labels that a password was generated for. You won’t see the password itself however, you will see the date it was created on. Click the close button next to a label to delete it, or click the Revoke all button to revoke all app-specific passwords.

Apple has always been very good with security. Google has its authenticator app but Apple doesn’t rely on it or other similar solutions. Instead, it has its own method for keeping passwords and user data safe.

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How to check if a number is on WhatsApp

Messaging has changed quite a bit over the years. There was a point in time when text message was the only way to message but online messengers like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Viber, Slack, Disccord, Telegram, etc., have changed things. It’s gotten to a point where messenger apps like WhatsApp even have business accounts for those that need it. It’s unlikely that a person doesn’t use the service but if you need to check if a number is on WhatsApp, it’s pretty easy. The app has a built-in check for it.

Check number on WhatsApp

Copy the number you want to check to your clipboard. Open WhatsApp and tap on the new message button. When you go to the New Chat screen, you have the option to add a new contact. Tap the New Contact button and in the number field, enter the number you want to check.

If the number is not connected to a WhatsApp account, you will see a ‘Not on WhatsApp’ message under it. There’s not much you can do about it. You can use an old fashion text message and let the owner of the number know which app you prefer for everyday conversation.

It goes without saying that anyone with your phone number can also look up whether or not you use WhatsApp. Beyond that though, there is no information that can be discovered. Your name, location, activity status, and any stories that you’ve posted will all be private until you exchange messages with a number.

This may be a slight security risk though for users who don’t want their app usage to be discovered. This also tends to give away if a user has the app installed on their phone. If the app isn’t installed on a phone, it may not count as an active user. Checking if a user is on WhatsApp with this method doesn’t alert them to the fact.

If you proceed to add the number as a contact, they will not know that you did so. It’s only when you send them a message will they be made aware that you have their phone number. The message will also reveal your name and your profile picture if it’s set to public. After that, the person you contacted can message you back and you will both be able to see the others name, profile picture, active status, stories, etc.

In no way does WhatsApp allow a contact to read conversations that you have had with other people.

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